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TidBITS#1183/22-Jul-2013

Students may not be thinking about school over summer break, but we are. Recent graduate David Rabinowitz looks back on the technology he used throughout his years of education and talks with a pair of innovators who are building the iPad into the everyday educational experience in their schools. The major cellular carriers want to revolutionize how often you upgrade smartphones, but are these programs worth the asking price? Josh Centers investigates, and also reviews a new iOS image annotation app from Marco Arment called Bugshot. You’ll read about how Apple’s Developer Center was compromised by a Turkish security researcher in ExtraBITS, but Adam Engst looks at a vulnerability in the Tumblr iOS app that likely affects more people. Jeff Carlson’s streamed “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” continues, offering advice this week on how (and why!) to judge, rate, flag, label, and cull photos. Finally, Josh wraps up with a look on how to take your Mac on a challenging romp across the galaxy in FTL: Faster Than Light. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0, TextWrangler 4.5.3, BBEdit 10.5.5, and Logic Pro X 10.0.

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Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

Being able to take loads of photos means the quality will vary widely, and the act of judging your photos is what Jeff Carlson discusses in the fifth chapter of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos.” You’ll learn how to set up a workflow that will help you easily determine which shots you want to share with others, which need work in an image editor, and which should be culled. In the process of evaluating each photo critically, you’ll become a better photographer too.

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The Evolution of Technology in the Classroom

With the perspective of a recent college graduate, David Rabinowitz looks back on the technology that populated his years in school, from learning to type in third grade to taking real-time class quizzes at the University of Virginia. He also looks at a technology he missed, the iPad, and talks with a pair of innovators who are building it into the everyday educational experience at their schools.

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ExtraBITS for 22 July 2013

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Apple is scrambling to plug a security leak, allegedly exposed by security researcher Ibrahim Balic, and the Apple Developer Center has been offline for days. If you’re waiting for Apple to come back online, why not listen to Jeff Carlson on MacVoices, where he discusses “Take Control of Your Digital Photos”? Fellow Take Control author Kirk McElhearn argues that Apple should eliminate DRM from the iBookstore, and Apple itself is wanting more openness in sharing national security requests. The NSA isn’t the only spy you have to worry about — one could be in your local coffee shop. Finally, App.net has released a tool to make broadcasting new blog posts easy.